2 local state senators propose tough anti-cyberbullying law
Two state senators from the Hudson Valley have proposed a new law that would expand harassment and manslaughter laws to include cyberbullying.
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Under the proposal, cyberbullying would be classified as stalking and if the bully's target commits suicide, they could be charged with second-degree manslaughter, a crime which could land the bully in prison for up to 15 years.
"Unfortunately the bully of yesteryear has become a cyberbully where you can hide behind the Internet and Facebook and Twitter to torment a person," says state Sen. Jeffery Klein (D-Westchester).
The spotlight of cyberbullying has increased ever since a Woodbury teen commuted suicide after allegedly being bullied earlier this year.
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